Derngate Theatre – ‘Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show’

The original ‘dreamboats’, Marty Wilde, Eden Kane, Mike Berry, and The Wildcats, as well as very special guest Mark Wynter, join forces in The Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show. The late fifties and early sixties were without doubt some of the most exciting and important years in the history of music. With the arrival […]

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Music Appreciation (Tuesday) – June meeting

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am.  In June, Peter presented a programme of music with the title of Summer.  We began with ‘A Song before Sunrise’, one of several pieces by Frederick Delius (1862-1934).  This was followed by ‘Fresh Morning’ by Eric Coates (1886-1957) and the poem ‘Adlestrop’ read by […]

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Music Appreciation (Friday) – June meeting

The sea was our inspiration for our June meeting.  Starting on the Cornwall Cliffs with Arnold Bax’s ‘Tintagel’, we moved on to the sea in all its moods with Benjamin Britten’s ‘Four Sea Interludes’.  Claude Debussy then provided his impressionist’s vision of the ocean with ‘La Mer’.  Our voyage continued by hearing the first incidental […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – July

Hot, Cool, Swinging…. As I write this, I’m sitting in air conditioned apartment in Colmar in Alsace with an outside temperature in excess of 37C and listening to the ex-Basie trumpeter Harry Edison swinging his way through a typical Basie-like tune, with Edison quoting nursey rhymes and joined by another ex-Basie musician, tenor saxist Lockjaw […]

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Mike’s Monthly Musings – June

Jazz Preferences: A visit from a longstanding American friend and his wife, during which we listened to some of the jazz he liked, prompted some thoughts about our preferences for particular forms of music and within those specific sounds.  My friend had been brought to jazz by his father and the kind of record collection […]

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Music Appreciation (Friday) – May meeting

The theme for our May meeting was ‘Something Borrowed’, with music from composers who based their compositions on works by other composers.  Starting with Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ based on a theme by Henry Purcell, we continued with Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ played on the organ coupled with a symphonic transcription […]

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Music Appreciation (Tuesday) – May meeting

We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 10am and in May, the programme of music was presented by Roger.  We began with ‘L’Estro Armonico Concerto No 10 in B Minor’ by Vivaldi (1678-1741).  This was followed by the ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ by Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and the ‘Hungarian […]

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Music (60s) – Derngate Theatre Outing

The original ‘dreamboats’, Marty Wilde, Eden Kane, Mike Berry, and The Wildcats, as well as very special guest Mark Wynter, join forces in The Solid Gold Rock ‘n’ Roll Show. The late fifties and early sixties were without doubt some of the most exciting and important years in the history of music. With the arrival […]

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Ukulele – May meeting

We celebrated Eurovision in May by playing some contenders from years gone by including ‘Puppet On A String’ and ‘Congratulations’, (incidentally, both written by Coulter and Martin).  We are now, as ‘Strictly Ukuleles’, also quite heavily committed to giving concerts for local organisations and care homes, with two more scheduled for June.  Also in May, […]